Cheap Ways To Make Virtually Any Meal Dairy-Free
Whether you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant, more and more people are going dairy free. But it doesn’t have to mean missing out on family favourites or spending a fortune on supermarket alternatives.
People follow a dairy-free diet for different reasons, but for most people, they’re searching for relief from digestive issues, bloating, skin problems and respiratory conditions that come from eating dairy products.
A dairy-free diet includes foods that are free of milk and milk products. People who are lactose intolerant may choose to reduce or eliminate foods that contain lactose. Some may be able to have smaller portions of foods containing milk proteins, and they may find that fermented dairy is easier on their digestive systems. People with a cow’s milk food allergy, on the other hand, must completely eliminate milk proteins from their diets and find food allergy alternatives that provide calcium and other vital nutrients.
The primary sources of dairy that need to be avoided when eating a dairy-free diet include milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, custards and puddings, ice cream, gelato and sherbet, whey, and casein.
Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate
No one should have to go without chocolate, but the dairy-free options are often disappointing, and much more expensive. The simplest solution is to opt for dark chocolate instead; most brands don’t contain milk (always check the label) and are delicious.
Swap vanilla ice cream for coconut ice cream
Coconut ice cream is so creamy and satisfying, you’d never believe they’re dairy free.
Swap cream for coconut cream
Dairy-free cream doesn’t whip in the same way that standard double cream does. So if you’re after a thick consistency you can mix up coconut cream, for a sweet accompaniment to your desserts.
Swap cheese for nutritional yeast
Some people accept that cutting out dairy means no more cheese-topped pasta or Parmesan filled salads. We think that’s wrong. Nutritional yeast has a cheesy, nutty taste and is perfect sprinkled over dishes or stirred into a sauce. Plus, because it doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, it has a much longer shelf life and won’t be wasted!
Swap butter for Flora Freedom Dairy Free Spread
Whether you’re looking to bake, spread or cook, Flora Freedom Dairy Free Spread is a great alternative.
Swap mayonnaise for plant-based yogurt
Available in virtually every supermarket, plant-based yoghurts offer a light and creamy alternative to mayo – for dunking, spreading, and it’s even delicious in coleslaw.